Wednesday, April 24, 2013
FAQ: Could Failing To Register To Handgun Within 10 Days Have A Negative Effect On A Person's CPL?
Q: In my work at the 48th District court, I have seen quite a few people appearing with tickets for failure to turn in a purchase permit or sales record within the required 10 days. One issue that has come up is whether or not this civil infraction will negatively effect an individuals CPL. I have read the statute (original and recently amended) and there is no language that specifically speaks of any sanctions, however I know that the offense is reported to "the gun board" and they have rather broad discretion when it comes to an individual's CPL. I was just wondering if you have heard of any issues concerning this type of infraction.
A: MCL 28.422(5) - Failing to register within 10 days after purchase is a civil infraction and a $250 fine. I am unaware of any justified action that a county could pursue as a result. Of course, the best option is to not buy a handgun until you are certain that you have the time available to get it registered, as required by current Michigan law.
Furthermore, as you probably know, I would prefer that we end handgun registration altogether. Michigan is only one of five states that require it and it serves no legitimate purpose. .
You are strongly encouraged to not only conduct your own independent research but to also consult with a competent and qualified attorney before acting upon any information in this article. Laws covering self-defense, lethal force, firearms, and the Michigan Concealed Pistol License and their enforcement are always subject to change due to laws being amended, politics conducted in the Prosecutor's Office, and election results at all levels of government. Ignorance of the law, legally speaking, is not a valid excuse for running afoul of it. The penalties and fines imposed upon violators of firearms related offenses are stiff and severe.
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